Corps Discounts Thousands of Citizen Comments on Asian Carp Solution

The Army Corps of Engineers recently released the results of the public comments on the Great Lakes Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS). As authorized by Congress, GLMRIS set out to “evaluate a range of options and technologies to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River by aquatic pathways.” [...]

Governor Quinn: Separation is the “ultimate solution” to Asian carp problem

This past weekend marked a significant development toward permanently protecting the Great Lakes from the dreaded Asian carp and revitalizing the Chicago River system. During a panel discussion at the Council of Great Lakes Governors, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn publicly stated his support for the separation of the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River. Speaking [...]

Study shows cost savings from allowing rivers to be rivers, not barge highways

On April 15th and 16th in Chicago, Illinois, the America’s WETLAND Foundation - a non-profit working with industry and other NGO’s to restore wetlands on the Gulf Coast - will hold a conference with Governor Quinn on maintaining waterway commerce on the Mississippi River. The Chicago location makes this event an ideal occasion for Governor [...]

Watch Asian Carp Spread Like the Plague

Asian carp were introduced to the southern U.S. in the 1970s in an effort to filter fish ponds. Unfortunately, they escaped into the wild, and as you can see from the map below, they've wasted no time spreading throughout the great river systems at the heart of the country. According to the latest science, the [...]

PRN on the Smile Politely Radio Podcast

Traci Barkley and Robert Hirschfeld of Prairie Rivers Network sat down with the Smile Politely Radio team to discuss a number of important issues facing Illinois' waters. The conversation covered agricultural and landscape runoff, a proposed Central Illinois coal mine, Asian carp, green infrastructure, and the effects of improperly disposed pharmaceuticals and other household chemicals. [...]